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What'd I do wrong on this conversion?

Old 07-24-08, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by santaanna's leg View Post
I really don't know what the eff I'm doing, and I don't pretend otherwise.

If I can serve as the pathetic object that makes you feel better about yourself, at least I've contributed something. Glad to help.
The saddle should be at a height to give you proper leg extension, regardless of how it looks.

Just because dutret is grumpy doesn't mean he's not right.
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Old 07-24-08, 08:57 AM
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That has to be the longest fluted seat post in the history of seat posts.
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Old 07-24-08, 08:58 AM
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After reexamining it, the seat was too high for me. After lowering it to the right height, it was much more comfortable to put the nose of the saddle up more.

I ordered clips from IRO and I'll head over to Harris this afternoon and see what they have for tape.
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Old 07-24-08, 09:04 AM
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Adjust your seatpost so that the saddle is at a height when your leg is at the lowest part of the stroke there is a slight bend to your knee. The saddle itself should be flat with no upward or downward angle, it should be parallel with the ground. As far as how you built the bike, looks wise, that's all you man and if you like it damn anyone here who says otherwise cause they didn't pay for it and they're not the ones that are gonna ride it.
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Old 07-24-08, 09:07 AM
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As far as looks go, it's pretty sweet. Get some bar tape that matches the Brooks.
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Old 07-24-08, 09:15 AM
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Love the Brooks. Mine is the most comfortable saddle I've ever tried in the 30+ years that I've been riding bicycles. It's like sitting on a bar stool -- and I can do that for hours.
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Old 07-24-08, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Thetank View Post
The saddle itself should be flat with no upward or downward angle,
I disagree. Yes, flat to start out with, but a slight nose up or nose down might be needed as the saddle breaks in. It all depends on the saddle and rider position and anatomy.

My Brooks Swallow is pretty flat because a sink into it a bit. The saddle on my mountain bike is slightly nose up because that is most comfortable for me.

Also, I like not to slide forward when I ride no hands.
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Old 07-24-08, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by santaanna's leg View Post
After reexamining it, the seat was too high for me. After lowering it to the right height, it was much more comfortable to put the nose of the saddle up more.

I ordered clips from IRO and I'll head over to Harris this afternoon and see what they have for tape.

You need to focus on the basics of a bike fit before you start soliciting comments about the bike itself.
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Old 07-24-08, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Pretty.in.Pink View Post
You need to focus on the basics of a bike fit before you start soliciting comments about the bike itself.
Since people in this thread have helped me to get my bike fitting significantly better, I'll have to disagree with you. This solicitation has been quite successful.
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Old 07-24-08, 10:56 AM
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Here's a video about fitting the saddle (fore/aft):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK0PDGSQe5c

and I'm sure there are plenty more on youtube. I think the "expertvillage" ones are absolutely horrible.

Looks-wise, I think it's a nice looking bike.
About the bartape/plug thing .. my bar is currently the same way. I spent some money on bar tape when I tried a new nitto bar .. I had to strip my old bar to get it out of the stem .. didn't like the nitto so I put the old bar back in and now I am loathe to spend the money on bartape again
What's the deal with the plugs though, are people worried about sliced knees or something? I'm a noob to taking cycling seriously so I have no idea, enlighten me.
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Old 07-24-08, 11:39 AM
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you need longer valve stems
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Old 07-24-08, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by dee-vee View Post
you need longer valve stems
I figured that out after I stuck those tubes in. I kept them in there since I was able to make them work. But I went and bought two tubes with longer stems. They'll go in there when these get a hole.
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Old 07-24-08, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by middy View Post
Just because dutret is grumpy doesn't mean he's not right.
i nominate this for dutret's signature.
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Old 07-24-08, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by santaanna's leg View Post
I'm sure the list won't be short, as I was a first timer. Let me have it.

I'm as new to fixie building as you are most likely, so take what I say with a grain of salt. But judging by your saddle height & the size of your head tube, your not a modestly sized guy riding a too small frame, but a pretty big guy riding a too small frame. The spoke count on your wheels look pretty low for how big I'm guessing you are. Hope you don't brea one going over a pot hole.
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Old 07-24-08, 12:48 PM
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bar plugs.

I bruised knee/leg is better than cut/severed tendons/missing plug of muscle... or so I hear.
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Old 07-24-08, 01:59 PM
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good for you man, trial & error is the best way to learn. at least for those of us who weren't born blessed with mechanical knowledge. keep it up, any advice i would have for your bike has already been mentioned, but i gotta say +1 for the low spoke count, that may end up being an issue for you
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Old 07-24-08, 02:01 PM
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On the low spoke count I asked everyone here before I went with those wheels. I got them cheap so it seemed like they were worth it. I'm just going to have to learn how to true rims.
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Old 07-25-08, 10:56 AM
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i would keep all the components you have and look for a frame that fits your build. then you can swap all the components over to a frame that fits you cuz all you really need is a frame that fits, you have everything else pratically.
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Old 07-25-08, 11:09 AM
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i would keep all the components you have and look for a frame that fits your build. then you can swap all the components over to a frame that fits you cuz all you really need is a frame that fits, you have everything else pratically.
That's a decent idea. Though like I said, the seat was too high in that picture. The frame isn't as small as it seems.

One thing, I'd have to get a new bottom bracket if I switched frames. The one in there is never coming out. It's a French frame, and I cross threaded a standard bottom bracket into it.
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Old 07-25-08, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by santaanna's leg View Post
That's a decent idea. Though like I said, the seat was too high in that picture. The frame isn't as small as it seems.

One thing, I'd have to get a new bottom bracket if I switched frames. The one in there is never coming out. It's a French frame, and I cross threaded a standard bottom bracket into it.
Alright, enough already, this has got to stop. You cross-threaded an English BB into a French BB shell?!? It may fit now, but it WILL work its way out. That was a really bone-headed move. But you're learning, so don't be offended; people have done way dumber things with their first bikes.

You've officially boogered up the BB shell threads on an already WAY-too-small frame. Toss it. Start over with a new frame and bottom bracket (if necessary, it probably is). The parts from your current built (well, maybe not the stem it's most likely a French sized 22.0mm) can find their way onto the new frame, so you won't have to buy much. Just get a used non-French frame that fits and build it with the parts you already have.
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Old 07-25-08, 11:35 AM
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Alright, enough already, this has got to stop. You cross-threaded an English BB into a French BB shell?!? It may fit now, but it WILL work its way out
I can say with a whole lot of certainty that won't be happening.

The amount of force it took to get that thing in there was something to behold.

FWIW, a guy at Harris took a look at it today and told me it was a great bike.
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Old 07-26-08, 10:16 AM
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did you tell them you crossthreaded the threads? fkmtb07 is right though, it might work now, but in a few riding sessions, itll probably fall off. on my peugeot frame, i had my crankarm fall off cuz the bottom bracket wasnt secure. i would think the same thing will happen to you.
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Old 07-26-08, 10:45 AM
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any one think his brake sleeve is too short?
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Old 07-28-08, 08:56 AM
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As a follow up, I already wrecked this bike. As many in this thread already knew, it seems I'm not cut out for fixed gear riding.
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Old 07-28-08, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by santaanna's leg View Post
As a follow up, I already wrecked this bike. As many in this thread already knew, it seems I'm not cut out for fixed gear riding.
Details of the crash please. and what caused it.
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